John Houghton Allen
New York: Lippincott, 1952.
Illustrated by Paul Laune, this is a hauntingly personal history of the Texas Mexico border country in the nineteenth century.
Dominated by the music and traditions of Spain, via Mexico, cowboy life was hard and violent. Allen writes of the days roping cattle, drunken nights in town, of señoritas and vaqueros, the last days of the US Cavalry post and the bull ring at Nuevo Laredo.